1 Chronicles 5:1 - 2
ESV - 1 The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel ( for he was the firstborn, but because he defiled his father's couch, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel, so that he could not be enrolled as the oldest son. 2 Though Judah became strong among his brothers and a chief came from him, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph).
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I humbly submit that in Genesis 49 Jacob gathers and then prophesied over the twelve tribes of the young nation in very enigmatic riddles. Genesis 49:8 Concerning the prophecy spoken by Jacob over the tribe of Judah Genesis 49:9 Judah is a young lion Genesis 49:10 the scepter of imperial authority, sovereignty will not depart Judah until "Shiloh" recognized by rabbinical authorities as the Messiah. About A.D. 7 Roman procurator, Caponius, removed the powers of the Jewish Sanhedrin including that of capital punishment, the Babylonian Talmud records that they walked the walls of Jerusalem in sackcloth and ashes. Weeping "Woe unto us for the scepter is departed Judah, and the Messiah has not come" They recognized Genesis 49:10 as prophecy and actually thought that the Word of God had been broken. Little did they realize in all their caterwauling that God had provided Whom they waited on, and in a small carpenter's shop in Nazareth the Messiah stood. John 18:31 This Sanhedrin would later go to Pilate when they wanted Christ to be executed, as they lacked the power of capital punishment and the Roman method of execution was crucifixion, the Jewish had been stoning. In the Lord's freedom following the lion of the tribe of Judah.......warrior on
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